by: Vebb Baraka
Members of Great Lakes Base and Great Lakes Garrison descended on Miracle Field at the Southfield Civic Center for the Miracle League of Michigan's “Star Wars” day. The Miracle League of Michigan is a charitable organization that provides children with disabilities an opportunity to play baseball as a team member in an organized league. Miracle Field in Southfield was constructed in 2004 and was the first adaptive baseball field constructed in Michigan specifically for children with any physical or cognitive disability.
Even though the clouds overhead threatened rain, we weren't going to let the chance of rain keep us from meeting these awesome athletes and their families. In between the two games of the day we were welcomed on to the field by a medley of Star Wars music where we were able to have a "meet and greet" and photo opportunities with the players and their families. As it started to rain we moved the party in to the dugout. Luckily, the players didn't seem to mind sharing their dugout with us visitors from a galaxy far, far away.
A great time was had by all, and the rain was not able to dampen the spirits of the troopers or the smiles of the athletes and their families. Watching the athletes of the Miracle League really brings new meaning to the phrase "for the love of the game." I am pretty confident that I speak for every trooper who was there when I say that if the Miracle League has another Star Wars event, we'll be there.
To learn more about Miracle League of Michigan, visit http://www.michiganmiracle.org/